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September 16, 1918 – Walt Disney is Accepted for the Red Cross

On September 16, 1918, Walt Disney was officially accepted into the Red Cross for service during World War I. Disney’s brothers were serving in the Army and Navy, and while Walt wanted to serve, he was too young to do so, being only 16. However, after finding out that the Red Cross accepted people as young as 17, he forged his application to make it appear he was of age. After acceptance, Walt attended training in Sound Beach, Connecticut, and was sent to France, stationed in St. Cyr. Walt was originally assigned to drive ambulances for the Evacuation Hospital No. 5, but was later assigned to a motor pool. Walt officially ended his service in September, 1919.

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